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MNF: Key Betting Factors For Bengals at Giants

The Cincinnati Bengals travel to face the New York Giants on Monday night. 

Here’s a look at a few key betting factors for the game. For a quick two-minute analysis of the game, check out our weekly MNF betting preview with Alex Haider and me (above). 

Odds: 

Giants opened at -2.5 and moved to 1-point dogs. Big move for any NFL game, let alone a Monday nighter. Over 65 percent of the bets are coming in on the Giants as of Monday morning so we may see this line come back a little bit before kickoff. 

Injuries: 

The Giants are pretty banged up. Team captain and starting linebacker Jonathan Casillas and wide receiver Victor Cruz are listed as questionable. Those are two huge injuries. Casillas has 60 combined tackles and Cruz is a key possession receiver who makes all the other receivers on the field better when he’s playing well. New York also has safety Andrew Adams listed as questionable and starting guard Justin Pugh is out. 

Middle linebacker Rey Maualuga is out for Cincinnati and Domata Peko and Michael Johnson are questionable on the defensive line. The Bengals are coming off a bye after facing Washington in London two weeks ago and are about as healthy as they’ll likely get this season. 

Key matchup: Bengals’ passing game vs. Giants’ pass defense 

The Bengals are the fourth-best road passing team in the NFL this season with nearly 300 yards per game away from home. The Giants own the NFL’s third-worst pass defense at home in the NFL with 300 yards against per game. This is already a mismatch and it’s made worse by the fact the Bengals got tight end Tyler Eifert back last game. He had nine catches for 102 yards and a TD against the Redskins. The injuries on defense for the Giants won’t help any either.  

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